Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, who died peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Scotland earlier this afternoon aged 96, was the longest-serving (more than 70 years) monarch of the United Kingdom.
During a period of often drastic change throughout the UK and Commonwealth and the world at large, she proved herself one of the most effective and best-loved sovereigns the nation has known. She has been succeeded by her son, who today became HM King Charles III.
The UK has entered a period of national mourning, during which a number of sporting and cultural events (including the Last Night of the Proms tomorrow, 10 September) have been cancelled.
The Queen’s state funeral is expected to take place at Westminster Abbey in within the next two weeks. The exact day will be confirmed by Buckingham Palace, but there will be a period of ‘laying in state’, in which the public can visit her coffin in Westminster Hall in London.
The publisher and staff of International Arts Manager pass on their condolences to the royal family and the late Queen’s friends.
Full obituary from the BBC here